Friday 01 August 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Rain across the mid-west of the country will extend eastwards this evening and early tonight.

Tonight's Weather
Overnight further heavy rain will develop across Munster and affect much of Leinster by morning. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.

today's weather Tomorrow
Tomorrow will be a very wet day across the east and southeast of the country but elsewhere the rainfall will be lighter and more patchy. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees in cool northerly breezes.

3 Day Outlook
On Saturday night, there'll be further spells of rain in Leinster and Ulster and a continued risk of flooding. It will be mainly dry in Connacht and Munster with clear spells. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees.

On Sunday rain will continue over Ulster and will gradually clear northwards as the day goes on. The rest of the country will be mainly dry with sunny spells and perhaps a few isolated showers. Highest temperatures of 14 or 15 degrees in the north to 18 or 19 degrees in the south with moderate west to northwest breezes.

Monday will continue mainly dry with sunny spells. A few isolated showers may develop in the afternoon. It will be warmer with highest temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees and light variable breezes.

Tuesday will be quite warm with light to moderate southerly breezes and highest temperatures of 19 to 22 degrees. There'll be a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers. A band of persistent rain will spread northeastwards across the country on Tuesday night.

It will clear eastwards on Wednesday morning with sunny spells and showers following for the rest of the day. Highest temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees with moderate westerly breezes.

At the moment it looks like Thursday next will bring a mix of sunshine and showers with further rain or showers at times towards the end of the week.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard